The first few weeks of this MLB season have given us some great storylines. From a rookie’s aspect, we have seen some young guys have some hot starts. Randy Arozarena and Ke’Bryan Hayes were the AL and NL Rookie of the Year preseason favorites. Hayes has been sidelined due to injury most of the season. But Arozarena is still the AL ROY betting favorite. Each year rookies come from left and right, and here are my four rookies who have impressed so far this year.
Mercedes is someone that I touched on in a previous article. He leads all rookies in hits with 33. He is tied for 2nd rookies lead in doubles with 5. Tied for 1st in rookie home runs with 5. 1st in RBI’s with 16. And to top it all off he has a batting average of .423, which leads the league as a whole. There is not much more about this guy to question when it comes to hitting ability. Mercedes can flat-out rake and has been a piece a great find for the White Sox. His odds to win AL Rookie of the Year are 3rd best at +800, and I won’t be surprised if by June he is the favorite for the award.
Yermin Mercedes – Chicago White Sox (5) pic.twitter.com/xWX9JWXcbp
— MLB HR Videos (@MLBHRVideos) April 30, 2021
Back in 2017, the Marlins drafted Rogers out of high school with the 13th overall pick. He appeared in 7 games last season in which he threw 28 innings and posted a 6.11 ERA. This season he has completely flipped the script and looks like one of their top options on the mound. He has made 5 starts this season and has a 1.29 ERA in 28 innings pitched. His strikeout rate is the highest in his career, with 34.9%. And he has only given up 2 runs in his last four starts. This lefty is proving early to be a dynamic part of the Marlins rotation.
After a two-year hiatus, we finally are getting to see Kopech. His fastball is electric, sitting in the mid to upper 90s. He has allowed 3 earned runs in 15.2 innings of work. But he has 27 strikeouts in those 15.2 innings. He started the year off in relief, and in his last two appearances, he was the starter. He is still recovering from Tommy John Surgery, so the Sox don’t want to overexert him, but when he’s on the mound, he is fun to watch.
Michael Kopech, Wicked 85mph Slider. 🤢 pic.twitter.com/yxPP6qNHKq
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) April 25, 2021
Carlson made his debut last season with the Cardinals playing 35 games. In only 25 games this year, he has already matched his home run total. He recorded more hits than he did last year. He is walking more and striking out less. Over the last 15 games, he leads the league in hits with 15 over that span with a .319 batting average. He has also moved himself up in the Cardinals lineup.
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